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Future of the Parkway

The Benjamin Franklin Parkway is a dynamic work in progress. Over the past several years, major improvements were made to the Parkway, thanks to the combined efforts of cultural institutions, organizations such as the Center City District, Fairmount Park, and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and generous public and foundation funding. The enhancements include: 

  • Opening of the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building
  • Dramatic lighting of sculptures and building facades
  • Improved Parkway Museums District signage
  • Renovation of Aviator Park, at 20th & the Parkway
  • Restoration of Logan Square, and safer pedestrian crossings around the Square
  • Renovation of Triangle Park (now Cret Park), and the opening of Café Cret, at 16th & the Parkway
  • Completion of the Philadelphia Museum of Art's underground parking and the Anne d'Harnoncourt sculpture garden
  • The opening of the Barnes Foundation on the Parkway
  • The reopening of the Rodin Museum, following renovations to the museum and gardens
  • The renovation of Sister Cities Park, and opening of the Sister Cities Café, in front of the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul
  • Extensive Parkway public landscape and hardscape projects, which have made our unique boulevard much more pedestrian and bike-friendly
  • A 53,000 square foot addition to the Franklin Institute
  • The transformation of Dilworth Plaza (at City Hall) into Dilworth Park - a dynamic, multi-use public space
  • Renovation of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Parkway Central building
  • The opening of the Philadelphia Mormon Temple, adjacent to the Cathedral on Vine Street

This is a truly exciting time on the Parkway - stay tuned!

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